What does LBD stand for?

What does the acronym LBD mean and what's the history behind it?

You’ve probably heard women discussing the LBD – but what does it mean?

LBD is a common acronym when it comes to fashion. The abbreviation has been used for years, so it’s not a passing trend.

Here, we explain what it stands for.

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What does LBD stand for?

LBD stands for Little Black Dress.

As little black dresses are a staple piece, the acronym was invented as a quick way to describe them.

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What’s the history of the LBD?

The LBD was first invented by Coco Chanel in 1926.

Chanel’s little black dress appeared on the cover of Vogue in October that year, as a drawing of a woman in a long-sleeved LBD, a cloche, pearls and pumps. The magazine branded it the little black dress, and the term was coined.

Prior to the 20s, simple black garments were linked to servants’ clothing or those in mourning.

Its perfect simplicity and elegance saw its popularity continue during The Great Depression of the 1930s.

What do you wear with the LBD?

LBDs are versatile and easy to wear.

Simply add elegant gold jewellery, statement accessories or shoes, or wear under a sweater vest or blazer to layer it up.

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What shoes go with the LBD?

Different shoes create different looks with the LBD.

If you’re looking for a glamorous outfit, we recommend high heels or knee-high heeled boots.

Alternatively, add chunky biker boots or trainers for a more casual outfit.

How do you style a LBD in winter?

A simple way to warm up the LBD is to wear a sweater vest or oversized knit over the top – and don’t forget a coat!

To add a print to the LBD, try wearing a pair of statement tights with yours.

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